Keyword: fruit punch recipe, sparkling fruit punch, summer drink recipe
Author: Brandi Doming
1lbfresh strawberries, stems removed and halved
1/4cup (44g)fresh blueberries
1/2cup (90g)fresh black grapes
1/2cup (120g)freshly squeezed lemon juice
4-6tablespoonspure maple syrup
4cupschilled sparkling water (SEE NOTE)
It is important your sparkling water is chilled for several hours or overnight because if you add it room temperature and then chill the drink afterwards the carbonation will fizz out by the time you serve it. To save time, you can have all your fruit ready the day before and then just add everything a few minutes before serving to your blender when it's all nice and cold.
Before starting, make sure your sparkling water has chilled for a long time in the fridge (see above note).
Wash all your fruit and chop the strawberries and remove stems. Add them along with all the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste and add any more sweetener if desired. I find this was plenty sweet with 4 heaping tablespoons, but if you are serving it at a party, you may add a little more.
Lastly, drain the punch through a fine mesh strainer to catch any skins left behind from the grapes. See above photo in post. It does catch a lot. Pour in a pitcher and over ice if desired and serve. I garnished my glasses with extra fruit.